The Yellow House

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by Sarah M. Broom

Ivory Mae Broom, Sarah M. Broom's mother, acquired a shotgun house in the then-promising New Orleans East area in 1961 and constructed her world inside of it. The Space Race was in full swing, and the area was home to a large NASA facility, so postwar optimism looked inevitable. Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father, Simon Broom, after being widowed; their united family grew to twelve children. But, six months after Sarah's birth, Simon died, and the Yellow House became Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most rambunctious child.

Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House is a novel of tremendous ambition, telling the story of her family and their connection to home over a hundred years in a neglected part of one of America's most mythologized towns. This is the narrative of a mother's battle against entropy in her home, and of a prodigal daughter who left home only to return to face the tug of home, even after Hurricane Katrina wiped the Yellow House off the map. The Yellow House, guided skillfully by one of New Orleans' native daughters, widens the geography of the city to include the experiences of its lesser-known residents, demonstrating how persistent motivations of kin, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. The Yellow House is a magnificent memoir of place, class, racism, the creeping rot of injustice, and the internalized guilt that frequently follows, set in the gap between tourist guides' "Big Easy" and the New Orleans in which Broom was up. It's a powerful, transforming narrative told by an unrivalled new voice of astounding clarity, authority, and strength.

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Distance lends perspective, but it can also shade, misinterpret.

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Distance lends perspective, but it can also shade, misinterpret.

— Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House